The Burke County Sheriff's Office has released an update in the case involving a burned vehicle. Investigators discovered what appeared to be the remains of two people in the vehicle, which was discovered Sunday morning on Canoe Creek Way in Northwestern Burke County. The investigation is now classified as a homicide. One of the individuals has been identified as Albert Alexander Austin and the investigation is continuing.
Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Canoe Creek Way at approximately 8 a.m. Sunday in reference to the report regarding the burnt vehicle. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the human remains. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene along with agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and an Investigator with the Burke County Fire Marshall’s Office.
With the assistance of an Investigator of the North Carolina License and Theft Bureau, Investigators learned the vehicle was a Cadillac Deville belonging to Mr. Albert Alexander Austin but registered to Mr. Spencer “Jermain” Murray.
There is now a Burke County Crime Stoppers Reward in the amount of $1,000. Anyone with information are encouraged to contact Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 828-438-5500, or Burke County Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333 anytime day or night.
37-year-old Kevin Darnell Turner of Branch Drive in Statesville was arrested Friday (September 16) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with fail to notify change of address.
According to a news release issued today (Tuesday, September 20) Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit was contacted by Detective Lt. Brian Boyd about Kevin Turner, a registered sex offender. Lt. Boyd advised Deputy Price he had spoken to a subject about a separate incident in which Turner was involved. Lt. Boyd learned Turner was a registered sex offender and notified Deputy Price about the possibility he may not be living at his registered address.
Deputy Price began an investigation into Turner’s whereabouts and was able to determine he was indeed living at 111 Branch Drive and had not reported his change of address, which he is required to do within three business days. Since Turner was in violation of the North Carolina Sex Offender Law Deputy Price charged him with failing to notify change of address.
Turner is on the sex offender registry for a 2001 conviction for Indecent Liberties with a Child. He was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for October 12.
41-year-old Bennie Reece Wiles, Jr. of Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for failure by a sex offender to notify authorities of a change of address.
On September 15, Deputy David Price with the Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit received information that Wiles, who is on the Sex Offender Registry as the result of a 2006 conviction for first-degree kidnapping, was not staying at his address of record. Deputy Price learned Wiles might be staying at his girlfriend’s residence on River Run Road. After further investigation, the Deputy spoke to two witnesses who verified that Wiles had been staying at the River Run Road residence the majority of the time.
A warrant for Wiles’ arrest was issued and he was taken into custody on September 18. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for October 3.
Wiles has multiple prior convictions in Iredell and Yadkin counties for kidnapping, larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle, assault on a female, common law robbery and injury to personal property.
45-year-old Marty Baird Peters was arrested today (Tuesday, September 20) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statutory rape and first-degree sex offense. Peters was placed in jail in Morganton under $250,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for October 24.
31-year-old Matthew Neil Brown of 4th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:25 yesterday afternoon (September 19) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property.
Brown was taken into custody without incident at his residence. No details are available, but he was in possession of a 2005 Kawasaki ZG1000 motorcycle at the time of his arrest. The suspect was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was set for today in Newton.
37-year-old Christopher Scott Haas of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (September 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to appear on a count of nonsupport. Haas was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond and $2,986 cash bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for October 31.
Hickory Police are investigating a robbery early Monday morning (September 19) at Catawba Valley Eye & Contact on 2nd Street N.E. in Viewmont.
The robbery occurred shortly before 1 a.m. after the business-owner’s daughter spoke to an acquaintance at another nearby business. That person and two others apparently followed the victim, a 41-year-old Hickory woman, to Catawba Valley Eye where she and her son had gone to retrieve some personal property that was stored there.
One of the suspects displayed a handgun. The suspects took prescription medication, keys, two cell phones & cases, a purse, a wallet, cash, a debit card, credit cards and other personal effects. In all, property loss was estimated at $4,326.
No injuries were reported.
A warrant has been issued for one suspect’s arrest. The investigation is ongoing.
58-year-old Eileen Kaye Willis of Carefree Court in Hudson was arrested Monday (September 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Willis was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court Date is scheduled for October 31.
34-year-old Adrian Eric Rodriguez was arrested Monday (September 19) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Rodriguez was placed in jail in Morganton under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, September 20).
31-year-old Amber Bowman Greene of Hubert Park Avenue in Connelly Springs was arrested Saturday (September 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with larceny of a firearm, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of a stolen firearm. Greene was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (September 19).
39-year-old Mickey Joe Calloway of Moss Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation, identity theft, and attempt to obtain property by false pretense. Calloway was incarcerated this morning (Tuesday, September 20) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (September 22) and a Superior Court date is set for next Monday (September 26).
Report gas prices that seem unreasonably high, Attorney General Roy Cooper urged North Carolina consumers Monday (September 19).
North Carolina’s law against price gouging is currently in effect due to limited supplies of gasoline caused by a leak in a pipeline that carries gas from the Gulf Coast to North Carolina and other southeastern states.
As of mid-day Monday, more than 400 consumers had filed complaints online or via a toll-free hotline to report potential gas price gouging to Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division.
Price gouging—or charging too much in times of crisis—is against North Carolina law when a disaster, an emergency or an abnormal market disruption for critical goods and services is declared or proclaimed by the Governor. The law applies to all levels of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer.
The price gouging law is currently in effect due to a market disruption for gasoline declared late Friday. How does the law define price gouging? North Carolina law defines price gouging as charging “a price that is unreasonably excessive under the circumstances.” There is no set price or percentage increase defined in the law so the law can apply to different products and services in times of crisis. In this case, the law has in effect specifically to prevent gas price gouging. If a gas price looks excessive, report it and we will look into it.
You can report price gouging three ways: File a complaint online at ncdoj.gov. Mail us a complaint to: Consumer Protection Division, Attorney General's Office, Mail Service Center 9001, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001, or call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (toll-free within North Carolina) or 919-716-6000.
It’s helpful if you can provide receipts if you purchased gas, or photos of gas station price signs you spot.
Our Consumer Protection Division follows up on complaints of potential price gouging to determine if the law has been violated. We use information provided by consumers, including first-hand reports, receipts, and photos of gas station price signs. We contact gas stations about reports we get and also look at the costs gas stations are charged by their suppliers.
Price gougers can face fines of up to $5,000 for each violation under North Carolina law. According to our state Constitution, all fines go to support the public schools. We also try to win refunds for consumers whenever possible.
In 2008, North Carolina faced a similar gas crisis when Gulf Coast refineries shut down. With the price gouging law in effect, Cooper took action and won $71,000 in consumer refunds, energy assistance and fines from 14 gas stations.
A man reportedly drowned in Lake Rhodhiss in Caldwell County late in the day on Monday (September 19). According to various published reports, rescue workers responded after they received a report of the possible drowning at approximately 6 p.m. yesterday. The man reportedly drowned near the Lake Rhodhiss Dam. The body of the victim, whose name was not released, was found near the shore. One published report says the victim was in his 50s. The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.
40-year-old Adam Eugene Huffman of Love Road in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning on one felony count of fleeing to elude arrest and misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
The incident began as Officers saw a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder with an expired tag in the area of 7th Avenue S.W. and 1st Street S.W. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but it sped away. Officers followed the Nissan onto 8th Avenue Drive S.W., 1st Street S.W., Highway 70 S.W., through the Paramount Hyundai parking lot, onto South Center Street, back onto Highway 70 and into the Paramount KIA parking lot.
At the rear of the business, the driver, Adam Huffman, jumped from the vehicle and fled, on foot. He was found in a briar thicket about 35 yards away, where he was taken into custody without further incident at about 3 a.m. Saturday.
36-year-old Saleem Rasool Alexander of 5th Street S.W. in Hickory was a passenger in the Nissan. He did not run, but stayed with the vehicle after it stopped. Alexander was taken into custody without incident on an outstanding misdemeanor failure to appear warrant.
Both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Huffman was set at $6,000, secured, while Alexander was given a $1,000 secured bond. Huffman was set to appear in District Court today (September 19. Alexander has a court date on October 13.
28-year-old Robert Jason Jenkins of 2nd Street SW in Hickory was arrested today (Monday, September 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with two counts of being an habitual felon. Jenkins was also charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and sale of cocaine. Jenkins was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 secured bond. Superior Court appearances are scheduled for Tuesday (September 20) and November 7.
31-year-old James Leon Creasy Jr. of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (September 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Creasy was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, September 19).
34-year-old Joshua Logan Riddle of Brockmore Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of a schedule III controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Events leading to his arrest began as Officers were conducting a property check in the East Ridge community. They saw a green, 1995 Honda Civic in the parking lot at a closed business on 7th Avenue S.E.
A subsequent search led to the discovery of 4.8 grams of marijuana in a green case, a large container with 10.2 grams of marijuana in it, a large baggie containing 7.4 grams of marijuana and a plastic case containing 1.2 grams of marijuana. Police also found various marijuana roaches in various containers. In all, 23.6 grams of marijuana was found, not including the roaches. In addition, Officers also located one Suboxone pill and paraphernalia, including digital scales, a pill grinder, a marijuana grinder, rolling papers and a pipe.
The Honda was impounded. A second occupant in the vehicle was not charged.
Riddle was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for September 19 in Newton.
Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery last night (September 18) at Firehouse Subs on North Center Street in Hickory. The incident occurred at 9:47 Sunday night.
According to Police, two men entered the restaurant, which closed at 9 p.m., through a rear door and took an undisclosed sum of cash from an employee who was counting the money. One of the men displayed a handgun. The suspects exited through the same back door and fled.
No injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing.
36-year-old Charles Allan Penninger of Hayden Drive in Charlotte and 30-year-old Breanna Frances Pupp-Oliver of Fieldstone Drive in Mooresville were both arrested Friday (September 16) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with breaking and entering to a residence, larceny after breaking and entering, and aid and abet felony larceny.
On Friday, deputies and detectives responded to a residence on Whippoorwill Road in reference to a report of a breaking and entering in progress. The homeowners of the residence returned home to find the doors to their residence open and a vehicle backed up to the garage. A female identified as Breanna Pupp-Oliver of Mooresville was on scene.
As Deputies and Detectives arrived on scene they began speaking with Oliver, at this time items belonging to the homeowners were located in the vehicle. While speaking with Oliver, a white male identified as Charles Penninger walked up and stated that he had been called by Oliver to come to the residence. As the investigation continued it was determined that Penninger ran out of the residence once the homeowners arrived on scene.
Both subjects were detained at that time and a canvas was started to locate any further stolen property. Several items that were taken from the residence were located behind a shed next door to the residence. All of the items were collected and returned to the owner with the exception of one box of jewelry that Penninger told officers had been thrown in the lake.
Both subjects were confined in the Iredell county Detention center. Bond for Penninger was set at $12,000 dollars, Oliver's bond was set at $2,000 dollars. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, September 19).
24-year-old Jeffrey Nathaniel Shatley of Star Shaker Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (September 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and larceny of a firearm. In addition, Shatley is charged with probation violation. Following the arrest, Shatley was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, September 19).